Pantone Color Book

I'm super late to the color train, but I purchased my first Pantone Color book this week!

I've been having some issues getting color accuracy from pin manufacturers and decided I need to get a set for my own peace of mind. 

It's so beautiful.



Hand-modeling by Chris Chang.


What's on My Shelf? Wild by Emily Hughes


Wild by Emily Hughes published by Flying Eye Books

Description from Amazon:
In this beautiful picture book by Hawaiian artist Emily Hughes, we meet a little girl who has known nothing but nature from birth—she was taught to talk by birds, to eat by bears, and to play by foxes. She is unashamedly, irrefutably, irrepressibly wild. That is, until she is snared by some very strange animals that look oddly like her, but they don't talk right, eat right, or play correctly. She's puzzled by their behavior and their insistence on living in these strange concrete structures: there's no green here, no animals, no trees, no rivers. Now she lives in the comfort of civilization. But will civilization get comfortable with her?

I love the combination of peachy corals, muted green-yellow and a tiny naked girl with wild hair! I relate very much. 


Packaging Inspo: Tea π


I picked up two bottles of these from my local Ranch 99 Supermarket because the illustrations on the labels caught my eye. Sew sew kewt. It took me awhile but I settled on the two flavors Peach Oolong and Lychee and Rose tea.

I think this is a new brand? The name confuses me but I'm thinking it's suppose to mean "Tea Clique" or "Team Tea"? The official website shows more available flavors as well as an endorsement from Big Bang's which, I mean, is always extra points in my book.

 Photo from:  Nongfu Spring

Photo from: Nongfu Spring

Some light Googling reveals that each flavor was done by different illustrators all commissioned by an English design agency Horse Studio.



Marijke Buurlage : Lychee + Rose Tea
She has a great case study of this project on her Wacom profile.

April Stationery Splurge

There's a list item in my Google Keep titled: THINGS TO NOT BUY ANYMORE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A PROBLEM with SKETCHBOOKS or NOTEBOOKS marked in all caps. But as you can see here, a simple list isn't enough to keep me away from a good sale - or cute things in general. If March was the month of art supplies, April is all about stationery. 


March Splurge

I suspect this will be a part one to the March Haul as I have a bit of a shopping problem. There will definitely be more fun things to share later this month, but the end of March couldn't come soon enough and I really wanted to share my new kit.


1. Delphonics Pencil Pouch - Furry Little Peach featured this in her Japan Haul video and I decided I had to have one too. I purchased one in the same color but in a smaller size. It holds my sketchbook, watercolors, a few pens and still manages to fit in my smaller day to day bag without adding too much bulk. This allows me to carry my kit everywhere to remind me to get me into the habit of sketching more. No excuses now.

2. Pentel Clic Eraser - Not really a new purchase for March, but this post is mainly just the contents of the pencil pouch so I thought I'd include it in the photo. As with all types of retractable erasers, these tend to be a bit fussy and can get all wobbly if you apply too much pressure. However, when you're short on space and on the go, these are great to toss in your travel kit.

3. Staedtler Mars Technico Lead Holder - At the moment I have a piece of 6B lead in it. Normally I would just opt for a no-fuss BIC #2 Mechanical Pencil because I don't want to deal with carrying around a lead sharpener, but I'm trying to train myself to be able to sketch with fatter lead thicknesses as it wears down with use. 

4. Watercolor Notebook - I'll do more a separate sketch book post at a later time, but I'm super happy with the solution I ended up with as I was having trouble finding a watercolor notebook that suited my needs.

5. Windsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Pan Set - I had previously purchased this watercolor set but the brush that came with it was too fine and delicate for the type of quick sketching I wanted to do. I ended up buying another pan set, but this time I wanted the provided aquabrush. Overall, I'm still trying to learn how to use the medium of watercolor all together, and the flow of the aqaubrush is a little hard to control, but it's great when you feel the need to do some quick paintings and you don't want to deal with loose brushes and cleaning out a water dish.

6. Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen - I found this video of PearFleur and totally bought into the ideal that I needed a fountain pen. Naturally, I picked the cutest and stubbiest one I could find in the two colors I love best.  

7. Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen - See above.

8. Uniball Signo Broad in White - These are great for adding in highlights and details ontop of the watercolor. It ink is really opaque and the ball glides real smooth. 

9. "I'm a Unicorn" a Little Golden Book by Joey Chou -  I'm constantly on the hunt for picture books with great illustrations and could not pass up this Joey Chou Golden book. I'll definitely do a post of my Children's book collection in the coming weeks.  


"Quick! The sun's out!"

My hope is that after some of the larger renovation projects around the condo is finished I can find a good spot that allows for a photo station. A spot where I can have a small backdrop with consistent lighting to shoot small products. But in the meantime, sun, paper, a bad phone camera and lots of photoshopping will do. 

And yes, my Christmas tree is still up. Don't judge me. It'll probably just stay up forever.

Packaging Design, Products, Retail Therapy


Candles make everything better. I'm in love with my order of Otherland candles. The packaging, logo lettering and illustrations, the scents, and everything is just 👌👌👌👌👌.


Shown here is Canopy, Kindling and Daybed. Daybed is probably my favorite of the three being the lighter and more floral one. They burn a lot slower than any of the Anthropologie candles I've purchased in the past so I imagine they last longer as well. So far, really loving it. 

$89 for the pack or individually for $36 each. #treatyoself with some retail therapy or gift a friend: The adorable website is an added bonus.